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Report: Former United man Anderson retires at 31

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One time Brazilian prodigy and Manchester United player Anderson has retired from playing football at 31 years of age.

The Brazilian arrived at Manchester United in the summer of 2007, for a fee of almost 32 million Euros.

Even though he was only 18 at the time, he arrived with a huge reputation and potential. He was a tenacious and skilled midfielder, who provided Barzillian flair with commanding strength.

Unfortunately he only ever showed glimpses of what he was capable of.

This was a player that before his 18th birthday, had played for Gremio in the Brazilian top flight, as well as FC Porto in Portugal’s premier tier of football.

A winner of the Golden Boy award, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe as its previous winners.

Although a fans favorite at Old Trafford, he seemed to have regular injury issues, and due to inconsistent playing time a lack of form.

He left the Theatre of Dreams in 2014 on loan to Fiorentina but returned after just 6 months. Once his contract at United expired, he moved back to his native Brazil with Internacional.

But a fruitless three years there saw another contract expire, and another failed attempt at reviving what should have been an illustrious career.

His final move came in the August 2018, to Adana Demirspor of Turkey.

But once again, a footballer who at one time was considered to be the next Ronaldinho Gaucho never lived up to all the hype.
In a statement from the Turkish clubs chairman Murat Sansak, Anderson’s future was announced.
Sansak said:

“Anderson spent the camp period very well but was not involved in squad planning. Anderson got a job, he went to work and decided to quit football.”

“Anderson reduced his contract which was €600,000 for this season to €200,000.”

“Anderson will continue to work at our club. I think it will be especially effective in our foreign relations.”

Anderson, Manchester United
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 09: Anderson of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on April 9, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)